H. Kenneth is “making it,” as they say, as a recording artist in one of the world’s most cutthroat music cities: Nashville. But he cut his teeth right here in Wyoming, as a student at Central Wyoming College. And Thursday, March 7, Kenneth is returning to his roots to perform at CWC’s Art Center Gallery.
Kenneth developed a passion for music at an early age. As soon as he picked up a guitar, he knew it was all he wanted to do.
After some persuading from his parents and his vocal coach, Pat Dalton, Kenneth enrolled in CWC’s music program.
“I thought I wouldn’t be able to afford it,” Kenneth told CWC in 2017.
But he was awarded a full scholarship, an invitation to CWC’s jazz ensemble, and an invite to all of the vocal ensembles, and “who could say no to a free education?”
After CWC, Kenneth moved to Missoula, Montana and eventually Nashville in 2008, and that’s when his musical career started to take off. He started a band called “Farewell Fighter” which recorded three records, went on three national tours, and got rave reviews from “various websites and magazines across the world,” Kenneth said.
Another transition catapulted him even further toward success in 2012. He started producing music for television and film in 2012, and by 2013, one of his songs was picked up for an international Coca Cola ad. That ad caught the attention of a music agency in L.A. that would help him pitch his music for myriad ads, TV shows, and films. Kenneth has since had songs in more than 50 placements around the world, and eventually signed with another management company that works to connect him with various artists across all genres to co-write and produce songs.
Kenneth released a full-length solo album called “This Is A Journal” in 2018. His music is a unique blend of jazz, pop, and soul that is both vibrant and alluring.
Through it all, Kenneth remembers his time at CWC fondly. He credits his time in the recording studio on campus as a turning point in his career.
“I really felt the most electricity when I was in that little room making noise and messing around with instruments,” he said. “It was during that time that I was able to really experiment with songwriting and put the skills I had learned in class to work in order to cultivate what has ultimately become a successful career in a highly competitive industry.”
Don’t miss his on-campus performance Thursday, March 7 from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Arts Center Gallery. CWC students get in free, otherwise it’s $10 for adults and $5 for non-CWC students. Buy your tickets online in advance, or at the door.
Listen to his singles below, and more on Spotify.
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